Please Help Me Find A Company Who Will Accept Me In To Paid CDL Traning

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Tyler S.'s Comment
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Hi, My name is Tyler Ive been applying with company's and schools to get my CDL for the last few weeks i have seemed to hit a brick wall in a way here is the problems im finding

1. my DL was suspended on 9/27/2010 for no insurance it was just a class D and was not reinstated until 06/29/2012 PAM said that i missed the suspension by 2 months in other words if i would have paid my fine 2 months earlier i would have been fine .

2. USA truck didn't give me a real yes or no they just said they get 4,000 apps a day and mine will stay on file for 90 days that was threw great CDL training . com

3. i have a drug parafinila charge on me from when i was 17 im 29 now will that affect my chance of getting a job ? no felony or mistermeaners

4. figured it would be easy to get a job since i live right in the middle of peoria at least 3 major trucking routs around me .

5. im scheduled to be on a bus for Chicago tomorrow for CR England for orientation but my family dose not want me on the bus and i wont have any money to take with me but there the only company so far that has offered me a job.

6. ive read more than one horror story about CR England and im to the point im almost willing to take the chance and just go get in the lease program and turn in my truck after i get my CDL in my pocket

OPTIONS ???????? opinions ????????? please help thank you .

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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Company-Sponsored Training

This link has some company schools on here, if you click and read through each one, they will tell you their requirements. Good Luck

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Little Carolina's Comment
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I have been going through this process as well. I will tell you my experience. I applied with Knight Transport for their Squire training class I will tell you they require quite a bit and as I have zero experience for the last 3 years due to being a stay at home wife and student I don't expect anything back from them. Second I also applied with CR England and yes I have also read the horror stories, however one thing that a friend pointed out to me is that this is the internet, and anyone can put a report on any website so take it with a grain of salt. Also remember that it is what you make of it, if you go in with a bad attitude its never going to be good for you. There are good and bad truckers in every company. I so far am gearing towards Sage Trucking School and getting financial aid to help me. We have a program called WIA here and they help with training programs for self sufficiency. I will tell you that doing the training program on here has been awesome and I bet I will go in being that much more knowledgeable about the field. I am here to answer any questions you may have. The training classes that I have found are: CR England, Knight Transport, Prime Inc, USA Truck, Pam Transport, Sage Truck School, and of course your local community college should have a program. Oh Roehl has one too. Schneider no longer trains. Let me know if you need anything.

DoubleCutter's Comment
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2. USA truck didn't give me a real yes or no they just said they get 4,000 apps a day

I find it hard to believe that they get 4000 apps a day. At five days a week, 50 weeks a year, that is 1 million. No way.

Tyler S.'s Comment
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I have been going through this process as well. I will tell you my experience. I applied with Knight Transport for their Squire training class I will tell you they require quite a bit and as I have zero experience for the last 3 years due to being a stay at home wife and student I don't expect anything back from them. Second I also applied with CR England and yes I have also read the horror stories, however one thing that a friend pointed out to me is that this is the internet, and anyone can put a report on any website so take it with a grain of salt. Also remember that it is what you make of it, if you go in with a bad attitude its never going to be good for you. There are good and bad truckers in every company. I so far am gearing towards Sage Trucking School and getting financial aid to help me. We have a program called WIA here and they help with training programs for self sufficiency. I will tell you that doing the training program on here has been awesome and I bet I will go in being that much more knowledgeable about the field. I am here to answer any questions you may have. The training classes that I have found are: CR England, Knight Transport, Prime Inc, USA Truck, Pam Transport, Sage Truck School, and of course your local community college should have a program. Oh Roehl has one too. Schneider no longer trains. Let me know if you need anything.

Thank You ! i agree with your statement with CR England it is the internet and anyone can post anything they want i just wish i knew for sure what would happen if i went if for some reason i get booted from the program i don't even have the cash for a bus ticket . im 50/50 about getting on the bus tomorrow i know with Easter coming up tomorrow that most recruiters are at home so if i don't go i hope one will call Monday ...... but if they don't im back to square one again . im willing to sign any contract as long as i can make money i don't want to lease i really don't want team driving just want to solo with a company truck ......

i guess i got a lot to think about 6 am comes early .

Tyler S.'s Comment
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2. USA truck didn't give me a real yes or no they just said they get 4,000 apps a day

I find it hard to believe that they get 4000 apps a day. At five days a week, 50 weeks a year, that is 1 million. No way.

lol never did the math that's what my recruiter said with driver solutions her name was Stacy then she said USA was the only one who would hire me because of were i live they also deal with PAM well premier has a office in Peoria and they hire for PAM i feel like im just getting swept under a rug here .

Old School's Comment
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Tyler, let me just put in a small word of caution here. Don't be so eager to just sign any kind of contract just to get in a truck. There are a lot of people who have signed onto a lease program with companies like CR England only to find after just a few months they owed the company way more than they could ever possibly hope to make.

You're brand new at this, and a very likely candidate to fall into the very pitfalls that have caused all those people to post those nightmare scenarios on the internet. The only practical way for a new person to break into this industry is to be a company driver for at least a year or two. If you do a lease program because that is the only way you can get in I promise you that you are in for a great heart wrenching struggle.

I'm not trying to discourage you, but trying to get you to be careful and thoughtful about what you're doing. If you go to CR England's school, that is all fine and good if you don't think there is another way to get in to a job, but don't go there unprepared, and absolutely don't sign up for their lease program. Please listen to me, there is absolutely no way you're going to be able to make it work for you. It's set up for failure, and with you having no knowledge or experience it will absolutely eat your lunch. If you can't set enough money aside to get you a bus ticket home you're going to be in an even bigger bind when they make you park that truck in God only knows where and tell you to find your own way home. Not only that but they're likely to burn your DAC report with an equipment abandonment charge that will keep you from ever getting another job anywhere in the industry.

Stop and think about what you're doing, do a little research on this site, see if you can't find a temporary job in the mean time and try to save yourself a little money until you can get this all figured out. Read through the information in the Trucker's Career Guide so you'll have a better grip on the job as a whole, and start getting yourself educated by working your way through the High Road Training Program.

Don't just jump into this not being prepared or you'll end up just being another whiner and complainer making false claims about how some company ruined your life and career. I'm doing my best to shoot straight with you Tyler, because I think I see a big heart ache heading your way. Please, slow down and make a thoughtful approach into this business, you'll be so glad you did when you get to enjoy the wonderful experiences this career can give to you. But if you rush in without heed to the many pitfalls there are, then you'll be sorely disappointed.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tyler S.'s Comment
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Well me and the wife talked over im not going with CR England i wont have them burn me on a DAC report my future or should i say our future is more important than letting them burn me .

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Little Carolina's Comment
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I have been going through this process as well. I will tell you my experience. I applied with Knight Transport for their Squire training class I will tell you they require quite a bit and as I have zero experience for the last 3 years due to being a stay at home wife and student I don't expect anything back from them. Second I also applied with CR England and yes I have also read the horror stories, however one thing that a friend pointed out to me is that this is the internet, and anyone can put a report on any website so take it with a grain of salt. Also remember that it is what you make of it, if you go in with a bad attitude its never going to be good for you. There are good and bad truckers in every company. I so far am gearing towards Sage Trucking School and getting financial aid to help me. We have a program called WIA here and they help with training programs for self sufficiency. I will tell you that doing the training program on here has been awesome and I bet I will go in being that much more knowledgeable about the field. I am here to answer any questions you may have. The training classes that I have found are: CR England, Knight Transport, Prime Inc, USA Truck, Pam Transport, Sage Truck School, and of course your local community college should have a program. Oh Roehl has one too. Schneider no longer trains. Let me know if you need anything.

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Thank You ! i agree with your statement with CR England it is the internet and anyone can post anything they want i just wish i knew for sure what would happen if i went if for some reason i get booted from the program i don't even have the cash for a bus ticket . im 50/50 about getting on the bus tomorrow i know with Easter coming up tomorrow that most recruiters are at home so if i don't go i hope one will call Monday ...... but if they don't im back to square one again . im willing to sign any contract as long as i can make money i don't want to lease i really don't want team driving just want to solo with a company truck ......

i guess i got a lot to think about 6 am comes early .

Can I give you my ultimate honest opinion? You and I are in the same situation.. No money for travel and probably my guess would be no money to eat on either?? That is why I chose Sage because its local and I can stay at home during this process. I am sure you probably have a community college or even a Sage near you I would seriously look into that. Hey if you want you can find me on Facebook Look up Monica Bauer or email me bauer.monica2011@yahoo.com I am sure it cant hurt to have a support network! good luck and update us on how it goes for ya!

Little Carolina

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Having no money at all before going going to school is a big mistake. It will be a minimum of 4 weeks before you a actually get a paycheck. How will you eat while at school? How will you wash clothes? Or do anything that requires money? And you will need money to pay for your CDL hard copy once you get it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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